The Serengeti National Park is an essential destination if we are going to make a trip to Tanzania. Its name means “endless plain” and you just have to take the first step in the park to understand why.
The Serengeti Plain is so vast that there are actually two countries that share it: Tanzania and Kenya. When we speak of the Serengeti National Park we mean the southern half of the park, located in Tanzanian territory.
The northern half, however, corresponds to southern Kenya and is called the Maasai Mara. If you go on a safari through Kenya and Tanzania in 15 days, you will visit both parks.
However, in this article, we will only mention the part of Tanzania. Even if it is only half, we are talking about a completely unfathomable area.
Depending on the time of year, it will be better to go to one area or another, to see the millions of animals that live there.
If you are thinking of doing a photographic safari in Africa, there is no more complete place than the Serengeti National Park. Not only are there the Big Five, but it is one of the most biodiverse areas of Africa, and is also considered one of the best and luxury destinations in Tanzania.
Best time to go to the Serengeti National Park
Perhaps the first thing we have to be clear about is the time of year when we go to the Serengeti National Park. Being a park with 14,763 km2, the best place to go will depend on the month in which we go. Keep in mind that the Great Migration takes place inside, where millions of herbivores travel north in search of fresher pastures.
April and May are the wettest months, so they are not so recommended in the north. There will be more vegetation and the animals will be more difficult to see. In the south, however, not a drop of water falls.
In short, the best time to go to the Serengeti National Park is from May to September. Depending on the month, we can go to one area or another different from this park.
Between June and July the animals are concentrated in the Maswa area and the Grumeti River. Between August and September, the animals arrive in the North of the Serengeti and Maasai Mara.
The Great Migration
The best time to visit a luxury destination in Tanzania such as Serengeti National Park coincides with the Great Migration. But what is the Great Migration? You may never have heard of this concept.
It is a great mass migration of herbivores that travel thousands of kilometers in search of fresher grasses.
As the dry season dries up wells and water sources and ends with vegetation, millions of wildebeest, antelopes, elephants, gazelles, zebras, giraffes and other animals head north where there is still water and vegetation.
Afterwards, they will travel south again as this area again has fresh water and grass available. It is an impressive journey due to the large number of animals that make it (there are more than a million and a half wildebeest in the Serengeti, more than a million gazelles, two hundred thousand zebras).
Also because it is a very appetizing snack for predators. The Serengeti National Park has the largest population of lions in Africa, as well as leopards, cheetahs, hippos or crocodiles that take advantage of the Great Migration to have large feasts.
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